Expert advice

Legal advice: Can I offer nursing or medical advice using social media? 

Offering health advice via social media is fraught with problems as you do not have access to all the information you need and could be in danger of working outside your competence, warns legal expert Marc Cornock.
advice

Offering health advice via social media is fraught with problems as you do not have access to all the information you need and could be in danger of working outside your competence, warns legal expert Marc Cornock

Giving diagnosis, treatment or care advice via social media, including by text and email, can be fraught with issues.

If it is purely a social media contact, you may not know who the person is, their age or any past medical history. Even if you know the person outside of social media, you may still not be fully aware of their medical history and any current treatment they are receiving, including medication.

As you do not have access to any diagnostic tests, and cannot undertake a personal examination, you have to rely solely on what the person has posted and are unable to verify

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs